There is a pattern to the rise and fall of civilizations. Those that are meant to be great begin first with immense freedom and the foundation of hard physical work that maintains that freedom, this produces great wealth and abundance which always leads to decadence and corruption, some civilizations get there faster than others, but the result is always the same. This decadence and corruption leads to increased tyranny over a people that are, at their basic heart lazy, doubleminded, and self-serving…duplicitous liars desiring to “have their cake and eat it too.”
This is only natural, if a people have lost their ability to rule themselves in a moral and ethical way then they, by default, require a tyrant to rule over them. The chosen tyrant is always a reflection of the people, if society has abandoned it’s work ethic and moral acuity, the proper foundation of all great societies, and at it’s core has become decayed and rotten, then the tyrant that rules over them will be of the same. You get what you give, you reap what you sow. What happens in each personal life, every decision made by each individual is reflected as a whole in the society in which that person lives. This works for good decisions as well as bad, you can change society just by choosing to do the right thing!
“For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken into the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.”
Amidst this corruption and decay, God always reserves for Himself a Remnant. This Remnant, in growing degrees that correlates with the rising tide of corruption and depravity stands resolute and unflinching against the flood of evil that encompasses it on all sides and from the heart of this Remnant he raises up for Himself a Standard. The Standard being the judgement against them, showing them the example of what they could have been had they chosen to do things the right way, His Way.
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries and recompence to his enemies..
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.” -Isaiah 59:14-21
Once this Standard is risen up it almost always signals the start of the countdown to the end for that civilization, very rarely do they cease and desist from their wicked ways and turn back back the tide of evil. Even those that are “on the fence” because of the pride, envy, jealousy in their hearts at seeing the example/judgement of The Standard, they turn against The Remnant out of spite because pride won’t let them admit that they were incorrect, that they made the wrong choice…they refuse to repent.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” -Revelation 3:15-17
This is the purpose of The Standard, to force the undecided to choose and, more often than not, they quite naturally choose the wide and easy straight path to destruction (no surprise there). Becoming ever more entrenched and obstinate in their wrong-doing (the Bible calls this being “stiffnecked”), creating an ever-consuming divide between themselves and the Remnant that soon reaches a point where it can no longer be reconciled, and thus begins war.
The warfare that was already raging in the spiritual between the forces of good and evil manifests into the physical world because faith, whether faith in God or faith in this evil world system run by Satan, by it’s very definition requires action. The Remnant Standard-bearer ever increasing in light in-step with the ever increasing darkness becomes so bright that the debased and depraved society surrounding it can no longer withstand that brightness, their eyes burning and their faces reddened, they seek with an incessant hunger to destroy all those the bear the light of God within their souls. And as all wars go this eventually leads to economic hardship/collapse and ruination of the land and infrastructure which then leads to famine and disease which leads to MASS DEATH and once the dust settles The Remnant begins the rebuild and the cycle begins anew.
…”BUT before all this, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And shall turn to you for a testimony.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
In your patience possess ye your souls.” - Luke 21:12-19